Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington
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Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts invited to annual retreat at St. Paschal Parish, Spokane Valley, next month
by Deacon Dan Glatt, for the Inland Register
(From the January 21, 2016 edition of the Inland Register)
Participants in this year’s Catholic Scout Retreat will receive this unique patch for display on their uniforms. (IR photo courtesy of the Diocesan Committee for Catholic Scouting)
The Diocesan Committee for Catholic Scouting (DCCS) invites all Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts to participate in the Catholic Scout Retreat, scheduled this year for Friday-Sunday, Feb. 26-28 at St. Paschal Parish, 2523 N. Park Rd. in Spokane Valley.
For many years, Catholic Scout retreats were annual events, especially under the leadership of Father Terence Tully, the Spokane Diocese Catholic Scout chaplain for over 40 years. Many adult Scouts have memories of the “encampments” at the old St. Joseph Parish in Colbert, Wash., where hundreds Scouts gathered to celebrate their Catholic faith. I remember the 1978 Catholic Scout retreat which was to celebrate the newly elected Pope John Paul I. That celebration turned into a remembrance of the new pope, who died just a month after being elected. Those Scouts may not have realized how special and rare that Pope John Paul I retreat patch would become.
Those are the kinds of memories that the DCCS hopes to re-create this coming February as we invite Scouts to come together in the spirit of Father Tully and the many other men and women who have given much to Catholic Scouting in our diocese for nearly 100 years.
This year’s theme will be Pope Francis’s Holy Year of Mercy. The Holy Year will be a focus of reflection during recitation of the rosary, and part of the presentations on the retreat’s two patrons, St. Kateri Tekakwitha, the first Native American to be canonized, and by Venerable Michael McGivney, the Connecticut priest who founded the Knights of Columbus and whose cause for canonization is now underway.
Scouts will also be introduced to the Catholic Scout Religious Awards that are available for them to earn. There are two for the Boy Scouts: the Ad Altare Dei and the Pope Pius XII awards. Girl Scouts can earn the Mary the First Disciple and the Spirit Alive awards.
Scouts from the Yakima, Boise, and Helena Dioceses will be joining scouts from the Spokane Diocese in celebration of our unity and to grow in our faith.
Scouts can register online at showmyevent.com, or can contact me by email: email@example.com.
If Bishop Daly’s schedule allows, he will come by the retreat on Saturday to share his thoughts on the Holy Year of Mercy. This will be a wonderful opportunity for our scouts to meet Bishop Daly.
The DCCS works with our Catholic Scouts to encourage Scouts to earn Catholic religious awards. The DCCS also represents the Diocese on the faith relationship committees with Boy Scout Councils and Girl Scout Councils.
The DCCS also works with the National Committee for Catholic Scouts (BSA) and the National Committee for Girl Scouts and Camp Fire to provide for our Catholic scouts.
The DCCS welcomes donations for this year’s Catholic Scout Retreat. Donations also allow us to help us provide awards, training, and presentations to continue to develop Catholic Scouting.
Donations can be mailed directly to the Spokane Diocese, P.O. Box 1453, Spokane WA 99210-1453. Please make sure you mark the memo “DCCS Donation.”
And don’t forget that Boy Scout Sunday is Feb. 7. The DCCS encourages Scouts to wear their uniform to Mass. We also encourage all Eagle Scouts to wear their Eagle Scout award to Mass.
And finally, we ask Frank Parater, declared Servant of God, to pray for all Scouts.
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